Community and Youth Projects

LIFT provides a space for communities to produce representations on their own terms. Each community collaboration works with LIFT’s professional equipment, facilities and member resources to assist social justice, education, arts and other non-profits in training their constituents to make media and produce the media content they need within often limited budgets.

LIFT accepts project and partnership inquiries from non-profit organizations and collectives on an ongoing basis. One-off projects are welcome as schedules and budgets permit, however LIFT is primarily interested in cultivating long-term partnerships with other organizations and collectives. These engagements can include capacity building consulting for emerging groups and project management along with LIFT equipment, facilities, instructors and mentors.

LIFT welcomes requests from all organizations sharing its values of social justice and freedom of expression, however only a small portion of projects can be accepted in any year.


Please allow 4 to 12 weeks for an evaluation of your proposal, depending on its complexity and current workload.

Note: If a project or partnership goes forward, the organization will be required to join as a LIFT Organizational Member for insurance purposes. Details about membership can be found here.


For more information about collaborating with LIFT or to arrange private and group workshops, please contact our outreach department.

Donate to LIFT Community and Youth Initiatives at:



Monday, October 31, 2011 (All day)
LIFT sponsored Eco Economic Form screening on expanding conceptions of environmental innovation and cooperation with equipment and technical support. 
Saturday, October 15, 2011 (All day)
Parkdale Young Writers ran Acting in Front of the Camera, a workshop where youth had an opportunity to complete short film works. LIFT supported the project with equipment sponsorship and membership. Parkdale Young WritersThe Parkdale Young Writers are a free writing group for 18-29 year-olds...
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (All day)
Workman Arts members experienced each of the key roles on a film shoot over the length of this six week course.  Each week participants assumed a different role - Director, Assistant Director, Videographer, Sound Recordist, Art Director, and Grip. The objectives of this course was to...
Monday, January 24, 2011 (All day)
 LIFT hosted students from York University’s undergraduate experimental class and graduate film programs in several handprocessing workshops. 
Friday, September 30, 2011 (All day)
7th Generation Image Makers seeks to connect youth with moving image making as a means for personal expression & employment. LIFT provided editing facilities and extensive mobile video, lighting and sound equipment for the project in 2011.   7th Generation Image Makers7th Generation...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 (All day)
Participants were introduced to fundamental Non Linear editing principles and techniques with Premiere Suite/Final Cut Pro editing software. Participants learned introductory editing principles such as importing, splicing, sound editing, transitions, and exporting. LIFT provided the curriculum...
Friday, July 22, 2011 (All day)
Working with LIFT instructors, Harmony Movement organized editing workshops over the summer in and around Crescent Town, Rexdale and Jane/Finch. In an intensive program, youth worked with a facilitator to create visual stories about the issues and experiences they face in their neighbourhood....
Monday, July 11, 2011 (All day)
LIFT organized a Super 8mm workshop for Braeburn Neighbourhood Place in the summer of 2011. Small groups each completed a film, starting with a Super 8mm workshop with facilitators in Rexdale and a digital editing lesson at LIFT. Braeburn Neighbourhood Place and Boys & Girls Club provides...
Monday, July 11, 2011 (All day)
LIFT organized a Super 8mm workshop for Braeburn Neighbourhood Place in the summer of 2011. Braeburn Neighbourhood Place and Boys & Girls Club provides programs and services for children, youth and families in the Rexdale Community.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is a...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 (All day)
In September 2010 LIFT was awarded funding through Canada Council for the Arts to initiate an innovative film and video production pilot program in the Toronto District School System. Partnering with media teacher David Lush at Bloor Collegiate Institute, LIFT brings film and video expertise into...